The Magic Deuce

Ensemble: flute, clarinet; 2014

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The Magic Deuce began as a simple university chamber ensemble in 2013. As the duo continued to play together, they gained support from a wide fan base. Now, as aspiring new music collaborators, the Magic Deuce seeks to emerge at the forefront of the cultivation of new works for the flute-clarinet ensemble. The Magic Deuce performance experience is both fun and inviting. Our quest is to take our audience on a sonic adventure.

Caitlin Phillips dreamed of becoming a professional musician since age 13. She began playing flute in elementary school. Caitlin continued to play because she fell in love with music. Also a passionate music educator, she strives to share this love with her students. In her free time Caitlin enjoys baking, watching Disney movies, laughing, and spending time with her dog, Momo.

Eric Salazar has been described as a super-human clarinet hero by his peers. His innovative approach to performing has won the hearts of many. Eric challenges himself to continue to connect with new people everyday. Sincere and always willing to help, this clarinetist will captivate and inspire any who dare to listen. Salazar enjoys drinking tea, playing video games, reading comics, enjoying the night life, and making people smile.

“The Magic Deuce have an infectious personality that is projected through their relaxing stage presence and cohesiveness as a duet. The audience can experience the strong friendship between “the deuce” simply by viewing a live performance. This must be where the magic came from.” -Eric Heidbreder, Fifth House Ensemble

“Eric Salazar and Caitlin Phillips of The Magic Deuce are adventurous interpreters and fearless performers. They perform with conviction, and are dedicated to broadening the repertoire for their unique instrumentation.” -Melissa Snoza, Executive Director: Fifth House Ensemble, Adjunct Professor of Flute: Carthage College, Professor of Performing Arts Management: DePaul University​

To follow The Magic Deuce, check out their Facebook page, as well as the hashtag #magicdeuce on Instagram.

Douglas Osmun – Three Short Conversations for Flute and Clarinet
for flute and clarinet

Anik Bhattacharya – Quartet for Piano and Wind Trio
for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano


Caitlin Phillips, flute

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Eric Salazar, clarinet

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